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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 24th January, 2021)

Priority Post Box


Priority Post Box
Taken a few days ago, the post box on Mesnes Road, a priority post box for the NHS.

Photo: Brian  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Mick on 24th January 2021 at 07:04

Its just got GR on it so it must be a George V box put up between 1910 and 1936.
The Post Office says if you wanting to post your coronavirus test sample in, you can post it in one of over 35,000 specially selected Royal Mail priority postboxes. You can find your nearest priority postbox on Services Near You or on the Royal Mail app. To find your nearest priority postbox, enter your postcode or use your location and then select ‘Priority Postbox

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 24th January 2021 at 08:10

Finally, someone managed to get a photo of the "Invisible Man" well done Brian, love this simple but very interesting photo.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th January 2021 at 08:54

I love the scene....I have always liked pics of red pillar- boxes and old red telephone boxes, and the snow and darkness add to the atmosphere, but what is the significance of the "priority" notice please? I see the caption says it if for the NHS but I don't really understand. Is it for the use of NHS staff for personal mail as they are on duty for such long hours or for the posting of NHS medical appointments to patients? I just wondered. (Serves me right for never watching the news or reading newspapers, or I would probably know the answer...I'm always way behind with the news!).

Comment by: Garry on 24th January 2021 at 08:56

Great photo for a Christmas Card.
Well done Brian.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 24th January 2021 at 09:24

Nice photo Brian. Not quite sure what "priority post box" means.

Comment by: alan on 24th January 2021 at 10:17

who do the foot prints belong to david barker

Comment by: Veronica on 24th January 2021 at 10:30

Good idea for post getting to the NHS quicker, to be dealt with and sorted separately. I love the traditional red pillar boxes. I don't know why they have to be changed unless they aren't big enough to cope with mail , even though email has taken over substantially. To me they are a British landmark like the old red buses.
It's a good novelty photo as well with those footprints, reminds me of a telly advert !

Comment by: Mick on 24th January 2021 at 12:43

Irene I would have thought the Wigan Observer, your Favorite read, would have done a feature last year when some of Wigan post boxes went over to being NHS priority boxes, so that all Wiganers would know were to post there very important life saving Corvid tests

Comment by: Roy on 24th January 2021 at 13:14

As Walt said, possibly the first photo of the Invisible Man.
He's walking across the road to post his letter which he has probably written in invisible ink.

Comment by: Tommy T on 24th January 2021 at 14:13

That postbox on the Crawford Arms wall has got V.R. on it, I'm surprised that no one has tried to rip it out and sell it on to a collector.
Good PIC, Brian.

Comment by: Pat McC on 24th January 2021 at 14:20

Lovely lovely photograph Brian, thanks. I like the streetlights reflecting the snow falling - you can almost feel the silence.
It reminds me of the black and white photographs with just one splash of red.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 24th January 2021 at 15:55

If The Observer mentioned it, I must have missed it, Mick.

Comment by: Geoff on 24th January 2021 at 16:40

Well done Brian! I like everything about this photo. The street lights, the dark, the snow and especially the post box, brilliant.

Comment by: Geoff on 24th January 2021 at 16:40

Well done Brian! I like everything about this photo. The street lights, the dark, the snow and especially the post box, brilliant.

Comment by: Steve on 24th January 2021 at 19:14

Could have been erected during George V1 reign 1936-1952 !

Comment by: John Noakes on 24th January 2021 at 20:04

Priority postboxes
We are a key partner for government’s coronavirus testing programme. We are collecting completed test kits from priority postboxes or from homes as part of the government programme. We are also collecting samples from c115 Regional Testing Centres at the end of every day and delivering them to designated testing labs first thing the next morning.

For guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested, please visit the government websiteOpens in a new window.

If you have received a home test kit, please follow the instructions on the test kit to return your sample. If you have any questions, please contact the number in the instructions.

You may be asked to post your sample in one of over 35,000 specially selected Royal Mail priority postboxes. You can find your nearest priority postbox on Services Near You or on the Royal Mail app. If you need help locating a priority postbox you can telephone 0345 266 8038 Monday to Friday 8am-6pm.

We are also supporting other organisations return completed kits to testing centres through our Medical Sample Returns service.

If you have received a test kit, please follow the instructions on the kit. You may be asked to post your sample in one of over 35,000 specially selected Royal Mail priority postboxes. You can find your nearest priority postbox on the Royal Mail app and website. If you have any questions, please contact the number in the instructions.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th January 2021 at 20:22

Mick, I live in Nth Norfolk & posted a letter to my daughter in Kent at a red pillar box...it stated it was a NHS priority box...I had no idea what that meant...I had never seen any informatio as to what it might mean ?

Comment by: Janet on 24th January 2021 at 20:42

I think Mr bean should be in this photo brian

Comment by: Mick on 24th January 2021 at 23:01

No wonder covid is still out of control with such ignorance of infomation.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th January 2021 at 06:17

It's not exactly been News Headlines though has it Mick... the above info is presumably from Google as usual. It would have been on testing kits for Corona Virus. Even hospital appointments are made over the phone these days or online mainly.

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